Silencing the Sounds of Silence

Music legend Paul Simon announces Austin stop during farewell 2018 tour

Music legend Paul Simon announces Austin stop during farewell tour

Paul Simon
Paul Simon says goodbye during his 2018 farewell tour.  Courtesy photo

If you're a fan of Paul Simon, it's time to grab Julio off that schoolyard and head to the Frank Erwin Center. The iconic singer-songwriter announced on February 5 that he is spending his summer conducting a worldwide farewell tour, and will be making a stop in Austin along the way.

Simon brings his "Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour" to the Frank Erwin Center on June 4. In addition to Austin, Simon will be making stops in Dallas on June 1 and Houston on June 2. 

“I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I'd consider bringing my performing career to a natural end," Simon said in a release. "Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating, and something of a relief."

Famous for such songs as The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, and You Can Call Me Al, Simon first rose to prominence in the 1960s as part of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. After he and Art Garfunkel split ways in 1970, Simon continued a solo career, nabbing 12 Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Credited with helping shape modern American folk music, Simon has also won a Kennedy Center Honor, as well as a Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song alongside such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Carole King, Paul McCartney, and Smokey Robinson. He is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 

"Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour" begins on May 16 in Vancouver, Canada and ends on July 15 in London. Tickets for the Texas dates of Simon's farewell tour go on sale on February 9 at 10 am. Information on ticketing will be available here closer to the on sale date.